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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2nd Edition

by Sony
PlayStation
Everyone
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00004TD7A
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,153 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Who doesn't want to be a millionaire! And, yes, that's our final answer. In Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Second Edition, you'll find everything you love in the hit game show except, regrettably, the cash. But that's OK; consider this game a training ground for the prime-time show. Regis delivers hundreds of questions here with melodramatic music cues, sweeping stage lights, and some of his light banter to regulate the tension. The game starts at the $100 level with a round of questions that are worth increasingly more money. You can rely on the lifelines--50/50, Ask the Audience, and Phone a Friend. If the hot seat gets too hot, you can bail out at any time and take your accumulated winnings to the high-score board. But if you have the nerve, you can risk it all for the $1 million top score.

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The first version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire was the third bestselling game of 1999 and continues to fly off store shelves, so a sequel was inevitable. Who Wants To Be a Millionaire: 2nd Edition gives fans 600 more questions and brilliantly captures the feel of the TV show. The only thing missing is the cash.

The game was developed by Jellyvision, famous for its irreverent You Don't Know Jack series of trivia games. Although the designers didn't have much to work with considering how Spartan the set of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire is, they did a masterful job of simulating both the mechanics and the drama of the television show, wrapping everything up in a slick interface that is immediately recognizable.

It seems impossible that players could feel any tension playing Who Wants To Be a Millionaire: 2nd Edition when no real money is at stake, but the game's perfect pacing did a nice job of at least making us think we were playing for cash. That's because it doesn't deliver an immediate response when a question is answered. Just as in the game show, if you answer a question quickly host Regis Philbin will confirm or reject your answer quickly. As the game progresses and the questions get tougher there is more of a pause between your answer and the confirmation. Regis will make some comments, sometimes offering you the chance to change your mind by asking the now grating "Is that your final answer?" as the show's music and a drum roll build tension in the background. The delays were surprisingly unnerving, making us constantly second-guess our answers.

Should a question prove too tough you can always fall back on your three lifelines. The designers polled 50 random people to provide data for the "Ask the Audience" lifeline, and The Reege's friends dispense audio advice for the "Phone a Friend" option. Of course, the 50/50 lifeline is also available.

All these elements coalesce to form a surprisingly fun trivia game, and one of the few available that is more fun to play solo than with a group of friends (although playing cooperatively with a few buddies can be fun). Games rarely take more than 20 minutes, so it's perfect for a quick trivia fix--we just wish it came with more questions. Guess we'll have to wait for the flood of sequels that is sure to follow. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Atmosphere provides some tension
  • Near-perfect simulation of the hit TV show
  • Lifelines are implemented well
Cons:
  • Questions quickly run out
  • Doesn't come with a million dollars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like the show, but Limited Questions and Slow Loading August 17, 2000
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Let me say that I love trivia games, and I still love watching Who Wants to be a Millionaire on the tube. As for the playstation game though I have to say this. First of all the game has a very limmited variety of questions that start to repeat after only a few plays of the game making it bore to play after only a couple of days. Number two, this game could not load more slowly from question to question, its like sitting and waiting for your death. I can get a right answer and wait a full minute untill Regis is reading the next question, its just so slow you will want to scream. My advice, watch this one on the tube, leave the playstation game alone though. Try You Dont Know Jack on your computer or Playstation instead. Its a better triva game suited for at home play with pals.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lots of fun, but not enough of it July 9, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Its a really fun game that follows the same theme of the show. The questions are harder and are fun to play with a group of people. But there are only 600 questions, and after a while they start to repeat themselves.Might be better for a rental then a buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of games.... December 3, 2000
First of all, I don't know why this game has a 2 player option. Two people face off and only 1 person gets to play the game really. Some of the face off questions are so ridiculously hard that you will be guessing for a long time and the game will keep on telling you to try again and again before ending the game. It won't even give you the right answer at the end!! You should have the option to pass to a new question for the faceoff.
In the game, now this is where the playstation is showing it's age. The loading speed is VERY ANNOYING. The questions are repetitive after awhile. The phone a friend dialogues are amazingly cool and funny. Regis adds a few wise cracks and you got a less than average game. Not worth buying but go for a rental.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who wants to be a little disappointed? February 6, 2001
I had high hopes for the game. While others mention the lack of questions and the slowness of the game, I was more concerned about the overall feel of the game. This game seems to have been rushed out and is not as polished as it could be. While Regis' voiceovers are OK, as is the phone a friend, the game is played mostly in silence. Regis doesn't even read the questions out loud. If he did then I could forgive the game for having only 600 questions. More full motion video of Regis would have been nice also. In addition, having only 30 seconds to answer is extremely limiting. On the TV show there is no time limit, so why in the world impose one here? Just as you begin to talk yourself through the answer the time is up! It would be less stressful if I was actually in the hot seat itself!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less than a thousand regies June 26, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Alright finally this lands on the psx console the results? Good and bad first the good great show atmoshere great voice overs tough questions. Now the bad very limited amounts of questions kill the game gets boring after awhile bad 2 player modes in the end your left with a rental a real good attempt just not enough questions!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this one for the kids December 9, 2000
This is one that my 9 year old wanted for christmas ... of course, I couldnt resist seeing what it was like, so I stuck it in the psx and played..... This one is tough and the questions are far beyond most 9-16 year olds level of intelligence. If you want a challenge as a grown up and aspire to being on the show someday then go ahead.. otherwise give this one a miss.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Freezes up way too often!!! February 5, 2007
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is a lot of fun and addictive. The loading time is not all the bad for the Playstation. However, there is one major flaw that takes the enjoyment away: it's full of glitches. The game always freezes up and sometimes the graphics would just get distorted for some strange reason. Therefore, it leaves me no choice but to reboot the game. This is annoying especially when you are doing well in the game. If it weren't for the glitches, the game would get 5 stars.
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